The Goondiwindi Hawks pulled off one of their great victories on Saturday.
And they did it in front of one of the biggest crowds in years as old boys and girls from Tasmania to the north coast of Queensland came “home” to cheer on the “green and gold”.
“It was the Club 40th anniversary weekend and we couldn’t have scripted it better,” Coach David O’Toole said.
It was the Club 40th anniversary weekend and they couldn’t have scripted it better.Coach Dave o'Toole
With only a minute on the clock it appeared as if the Hawks had left their run too late.
They kicked a goal to trail by three points.
But with only seconds remaining not many gave them much hope of pulling off a miracle.
But no-one told ruckman Ty Haigyl who thumped the ball forward where it was eventually grabbed by the bullocking, Adam Scoble, who managed to rake the ball goal-ward.
The University defence was caught out pushing too far up the ground, the ball flew over their heads, bounced to the left of the goals and then took a slight break towards them, bouncing high, and ever so slowly though.
It was a stunning victory.
But it was no fluke.
It comes on the back of some hard work and a week-by-week increase in confidence built up by some magnificent victories.
And it shows in the Toowoomba sides who suddenly don’t look like the confident unbeatables they once thought they were. In fact they are now the ones fumbling and being beaten to the ball.
It is a remarkable turnaround after some early season form which gave Hawk supporters much hope.
It’s amazing what a bit of self-belief does.
More than 140 players and supporters celebrated 40 great years at the Goondiiwndi Community Centre.